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Dean’s Graduate Fellowship

Graduate Assistantship Support for Traditionally Underrepresented Graduate Students

The Graduate College is pleased to announce the funding of up to six graduate assistantships (GAs) with the purpose of recruiting domestic students who identify as a member of at least one racial and ethnic group historically underrepresented in graduate education (i.e., Black/African American, Hispanic American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and Native Pacific Islander) to begin their graduate education at Boise State University in the 2020/2021 academic year. Each award will support an academic year (9-month) full GA position, providing a $15,000 salary, resident tuition and fees, student employee benefits, and GA health insurance. If the assistantship is awarded to a non-resident student, non-resident tuition will be waived by the university. Awards are for one year only. Departments are responsible for funding any additional semesters. Requests to extend the award for a second year will be denied.

Graduate programs are asked to submit proposals outlining how they would best utilize this type of GA position for their recruiting efforts to meet the goal of increasing the diversity of the graduate student body at Boise State.

Proposals should clearly identify:

  • Specific need of the program (e.g., current demographic of discipline and program, rationale for increasing diversity)
  • Recruitment strategy that will be implemented (e.g., how will the announcement for this GA opportunity be disseminated, criteria for awarding)
  • Description of GA duties (job duties and expectations—e.g., teaching, research, service)
  • How GA duties will increase the student experience

Preference will be given to proposals that leverage college, department, or program funds.

Application and Final Reporting Guidelines

  • The completed application should be limited to two pages. The cover sheet is not included in the two-page limit.
  • Each completed proposal must include the following:
      • Cover Sheet
      • Grant Application Form (2 page maximum)
  • The fund type to receive this award must be appropriated and the cost center must end in 505, 506, or 507.
  • A final report outlining the successful use of funds must be submitted to Kristen DeBoer no later than July 1, 2021.


  • Proposals must be submitted electronically no later than Friday, October 18, 2019, at 5 p.m. Download the application below and submit through the online form.
  • Awardees will be notified before the end of October.
  • When the particular student has been selected to receive the Dean’s Graduate Fellowship, the student’s name must be given to Kristen DeBoer in the Graduate College. Funds will be transferred to the department’s account after the start of the fiscal year (FY21), after the receipt of the awardee’s name. The fund type to receive this award must be appropriated and the cost center must end in 505, 506, or 507. If the award is not utilized, the funds will be forfeited to the Graduate College.

Applications are due Friday, October 18, 2019, at 5 p.m.

Download the Application

Dean's Fellowship Application

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